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- JOB POSTING: Salamander Surveys local paid field work
Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment is looking for undegraduates interested in doing Salamander Surveys around the Bloomington area. The field coordinator for the project - Danielle Wiliams, is a former undegrad of CISAB member Dr. Adam Fudickar. Please see the flyer linked here for more information and how to apply.
- JOB POSTING: Electric Fish Lab- Student Helper
Student Helper in Electric Fish Lab
Biology laboratory that studies South American electric fish is seeking a part-time (10-15 hours/week, possibly more in the summer) student helper. The fish studied in the lab are not dangerous and produce very weak electrical fields to navigate and to communicate. We study the mechanisms of generating and detecting electrical communication signals. Duties will include helping to maintain large, multi-tank aquarium systems and general lab maintenance (glassware washing, chemical inventories, maintaining laboratory equipment, etc.). There may also be opportunities for interested students to become involved in research projects in the lab.
Send an E-mail message to the Smith Lab (email@example.com) for more details or to apply for the job.
- FIELD SCHOOL: African Wild Trails
Email: My name is Robyn Hickman, African Wildlife Species Research Lead for Africa Wild Trails. I am emailing you as you are listed as one of the most appropriate people for us to contact at your university.
We deliver unique ecology and conservation research trips open to both undergraduate and graduate university students, and we are very much hoping you could forward this email, with the information below, to your current Bioscience students to spread the word. If you would like any more information before you do this, please do not hesitate to email me with your questions. I am more than happy to help!
AWT Brief History
We have been planning and delivering ventures and expeditions to Africa for over twenty years and all with an underlying ethos of nature conservation. Working alongside our expert ecologists and game rangers, we are now in our fourth year of delivering specific research on the Nile Crocodile and Cape Giraffe.
Please have a look at the information below and, if you would be good enough to do so, distribute it to your students who may be interested in research options for next year. We are also very keen to have photographers in the research teams as good images of the animals is crucial. As such we would be grateful if you could please also forward to your photography department or any keen photographers among your students.
Research Opportunities 2021
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like any more information about these trips and an application pack!
Aid in ongoing research initiatives based in the rich and diverse province of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Focusing on two species that often go overlooked in the world of conservation, our field research opportunities are ideal for bioscience and photography students, giving vital skills and experience collecting data in the field, increasing employability whilst taking some action.
Led by experienced researchers, ecologists and game rangers, we provide 24/7 in-country support, and guidance. There is scope to complete both research trips consecutively. Each trip is fully catered and both include Big 5 safari game drives!
Cape Giraffe Project
20th July - 2nd August 2021
- Build a database of individuals using their patterns
- Study dispersal using telemetry
- Observe foraging and social behaviours on foot
- Investigate the effects of disease and habitat loss on local populations
Nile Crocodile Project
5th - 18th August 2021
- Gain hands-on and close up experience during initial phase in a local crocodile centre
- Conduct research on wild crocs including population dynamics, counts, size and body condition studies, and basking and thermoregulatory behaviour
- Develop pattern recognition software using photographic techniques
We can take individuals onto our July/August research trips or we can deliver specifically for a group from your university at any other time of the year. A research group would consist of 5-15 students.
Again, please feel free to contact me if you would like any more information.
Robyn Hickman MSci
African Wildlife Species Research Lead
Africa Wild Trails Ltd
AWT Instagram: @africawildtrails
High Standards: All AWT operations have been independently assessed by the Adventure Activity Associates. AWT Holds the LOtC Quality Badge for international ventures and we are fully compliant with the BS8848 British Standard for international research, ventures and expeditions. AWT is a full member of the Expedition Providers Association and has delivered ventures to region for over 15 years.
Registered Address Peelings Manor | Hankham Road, Hankham | East Sussex | BN24 5AP | Company Number: 730220 | Coordinates: 50°49'18.1"N 0°17'45.9"E
- New minors in Animal-Computer Interaction
Dear Animal Behavior Majors and CISAB Grad Students,
See the announcement below from CISAB faculty member Cristena Nippert-Eng about new undergraduate and PhD minors in Animal-Computer Interactions, which were developed by Christena, along with fellow CISAB faculty in Informatics Patrick Shih, Chris Martin, and Justin Wood:
I write to announce the grand opening of our undergraduate and PhD minors in Animal-Computer Interaction!
You can find out about all the Animal Informatics programs on our landing page:
From there, you can also reach our page for the undergraduate minor in ACI:
And our page for the PhD Minor in ACI:
I hope everyone on this list is staying safe and holding up okay.
Christena Nippert-Eng, Ph.D.
Professor of Informatics
Co-track director, Animal Informatics
Adjunct Professor of Sociology, Affiliate Faculty CISAB, CogSci
Myles Brand (INFO) West Room 223
901 E 10th Street
Bloomington, IN 47408
Congratulations Animal Behavior Graduates 2020!
2020 Animal Behavior Graduates
2020 CISAB Graduate Award Recipients
Lana Ruck is the 2020 recipient of the Hanna Kolodziejski Award.
A graduate student in Anthropology and Cognitive Science and a CISAB member, Lana receives the Hanna award in appreciation of her extensive outreach work, including (but by no means limited to!) serving as Anthropology’s Event Coordinator for IU Science Fest; co-Editor at Large and Copyeditor of the College’s science blog, ScIU; and organizer of several workshops on science communication. The fact that Lana has been able to accomplish this breadth and quantity of outreach while also mentoring students in the lab and via IU’s Research Scholars Cohort Program; volunteering at Science Olympiad; serving as a counselor for the NSF-sponsored Girls with Nerve summer camp, and maintaining a variety of service responsibilities both inside and outside the University is remarkable. Combining those accomplishments with maintaining an active research program as she works towards her PhD is extraordinary. As Dr. Tom Schoenemann described in nominating Lana for the award, her research productivity, combined with her mentorship of undergraduates who are under-represented in STEM fields, and her science outreach truly exemplify the values that underlie the Hanna scholarship. On behalf of the CISAB Steering committee, congratulations on this well-earned honor!
Elizabeth George is the 2020 recipient of the William Rowland Award.
A graduate student in Biology and a CISAB member, Elizabeth has earned the Rowland award based on the impressive breadth and depth of her mentorship of undergraduates in the Rosvall lab, and the lengths she has gone to in fostering the independent research projects of her mentees—for instance, even learning Graph Theory to accommodate the interests of one of her undergraduates. The students Elizabeth has worked with describe her as a caring and patient mentor, and cite her ability to instill in them the importance of attention to detail as well as teaching them field techniques, data acquisition and analysis, and scientific writing and presentation skills. Elizabeth’s mentorship has clearly had a profound impact on many students. As one students put it, “[Elizabeth] has made my research experience the peak of my academic career thus far.” In her nominating letter, Dr. Kim Rosvall cited how critically important Elizabeth’s mentorship has been in her lab, not just at the undergraduate level, but in helping educate other graduate students and lab personnel in techniques, compliance issues, and data management. The CISAB Steering Committee and I congratulate Elizabeth on this recognition for outstanding research and mentorship.
Science Fest 2019
Mark your calendars for the 2021 Animal Behavior Conference
The 2021 Animal Behavior Conference is scheduled for March 26th-27th, 2021. We are currently looking at holding the Animal Behavior Conference virtually. Please check back regularly for updates.